The New York Yankees have a huge problem right in front of them: DJ LeMahieu is already talking to other teams, and they just can't afford to lose their best player of the past couple of seasons.
The reigning AL Batting Champion was an MVP candidate during the shortened campaign and is looking for a 5-year, $110 million deal, with the Bronx Bombers reportedly willing to offer him 4 years and $24 million less.
That's why, out of pure frustration, LeMahieu has reportedly reached out to his agent to re-engage with talks with all the other teams around MLB interested in paying what he's worth in today's market.
New York Mets Could Sign DJ LeMahieu
And, according to a report by FanSided and SNY.tv, the New York Mets could make LeMahieu their top target right now after already acquiring Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco, especially considering that they're now thin at infield depth:
"The New York Mets, who just traded for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco, appear to be going for it all in the short- and long-term. What’s even more excruciating? The Mets traded both of their middle infielders — Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario — to Cleveland in the blockbuster deal with the Indians," the report said.
It's well known that the Mets also want to sign George Springer. Then again, LeMahieu would be a better positional fit and could cost them around $60 million less, which is huge considering they're looking to stay under the luxury tax threshold:
"LeMahieu won’t be cheap, but he’ll be a lot cheaper than Springer! Fewer years, less money, and exactly in line with Cohen’s desire to bring a World Series to Queens within the next 3-5 years. LeMahieu’s likely looking at a four-year deal right now, but he’s vying for that fifth year. The Mets swooping in here to give him a five-year, $110 million deal really isn’t all that crazy," it concluded.
Whether it's LeMahieu or Springer, the Mets are likely going to have to make a couple of trades to clear some cap space, but according to the report, staying in New York City would be a priority for DJ, regardless of if he's playing at Queens or in the Bronx.